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Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed
Lawrence W. Reed President

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. in economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (public administration, 1993) and Northwood University (laws, 2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or coauthored five books, the most recent ones being A Republic—If We Can Keep It and Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty. He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years in virtually every state and in dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression,” both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and for one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the Champion of Freedom award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Distinguished Alumni award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

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Lawrence W. Reed's Articles and Posts

Bettina Greaves: A Stalwart Friend of Liberty for Nearly a Century! Anything Peaceful
Bettina Greaves: A Stalwart of Liberty for Nearly a Century

In honor of the 65th anniversary of her joining FEE, we are pleased to highlight some of Bettina Greaves’ best articles in the Freeman.

Black Entrepreneurship Is Alive and Well The Freeman
Black Entrepreneurship Is Alive and Well

While the focus is so often on political activists, academics, and so-called community organizers, black entrepreneurs are creating wealth for millions in America and beyond.

Hobo, Screwball, and Hero The Freeman
Hobo, Screwball, and Hero

Sometimes the uncommon man is offensive, intrusive, or even violent. But on most occasions, he’s simply a little rebellious or peculiar and a positive good for society.

An Oscar for Personal Courage The Freeman
An Oscar for Personal Courage

He wanted the world to know about Cambodia’s killing fields.

Founding Mother and Conscience of the Revolution The Freeman
Founding Mother and Conscience of the Revolution

Mercy Otis Warren championed the American cause, dared to promote women’s rights, fought encroachments of power, and helped to shape our Constitution.

Among a People Generally Corrupt, Liberty Cannot Long Exist The Freeman
Among a People Generally Corrupt, Liberty Cannot Long Exist

Burke criticized the overreach of government in all spheres, arguing that treating people as pawns of power only bred violence and disorder.

The Brilliance of Ron Manners on his Birthday Anything Peaceful
The Brilliance of Ron Manners on His Birthday

The Foundation for Economic Education staff and board of trustees wishes our good friend Ron Manners for Perth, Australia, a BIG HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY today, January 8!

 

The Wealth of Everyone The Freeman
The Wealth of Everyone

The Father of Economics placed much more faith in people and markets than in kings and edicts.

The Good that Bombs Can Do The Freeman
The Good that Bombs Can Do

The "Candy Bomber" and thousands of other pilots helped save West Berlin during the Soviet blockade.

Poinsetts and Poinsettias The Freeman
Poinsetts and Poinsettias

Mr. Poinsett’s gift proved to be transformational, because it enabled FEE to exit a steady-as-she-goes mode of operation and start building for the future.

Woman of Science The Freeman
Woman of Science

Suspicious of authority and even official support, Madame Curie excelled in a world that didn’t recognize women as scientists.

3 Pioneering Women in American Business The Freeman
3 Pioneering Women in American Business

These three women each possessed a spirit to break barriers. They achieved success and respect in private enterprise.

Why Is Liberty So Important? The Freeman
Why Is Liberty So Important?

Though our work is vitally important, we never want to be so absorbed in it that we neglect the people who make it possible: you.

Conquering the Bad through the Good The Freeman
Conquering the Bad through the Good

His stand against communist tyrants ultimately cost him his life, but Father Jerzy Popieluszko inspired millions of Poles in the fight for freedom.

Science Fiction and Communist Reality The Freeman
Science Fiction and Communist Reality

State apparatchiks in charge of expunging subversive works from the public square were too stupid to appreciate Lem’s subtlety, but Polish intellectuals and many ordinary readers knew full well what the underlying message was.

When the Power of Love Replaced the Love of Power The Freeman
When the Power of Love Replaced the Love of Power

Today, when a candidate promises smaller government but ends up moderating his positions while in power, conventional wisdom credits him with having “grown in office.” Gladstone’s philosophy evolved in precisely the opposite direction.

Honoring the Heroic Foes of Prohibitions Past and Present The Freeman
Honoring the Heroic Foes of Prohibitions Past and Present

The heroes of the repeal effort were the men and women who wrote and spoke against Prohibition, who formed organizations to educate for personal choice, and who refused to enforce the law even when judges never advised them they had that right.

The Man Who Made Your Selfies Possible The Freeman
The Man Who Made Your Selfies Possible

If you include everyone who has benefited from his vision and abilities over the decades, Eastman served countless billions of eager consumers.

He Volunteered to Go to Auschwitz The Freeman
He Volunteered to Go to Auschwitz

Even in the midst of so much cruelty and degradation, there were those who held to the basic virtues of honesty, compassion, and courage.

Government Power Was His Mortal Enemy The Freeman
Government Power Was His Mortal Enemy

If your misconceptions were his target, Bastiat's stories could leave you utterly, embarrassingly disarmed.

2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award Anything Peaceful
Announcing the 2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominations are now open for the Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing outstanding FEE alumni. 

 

“The Winner Always Has a Program” The Freeman
“The Winner Always Has a Program”

“I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted,” said tennis champion Althea Gibson. But her persistence and her excellence opened doors and opened minds.

Antiwar Hero The Freeman
Antiwar Hero

Sassoon was both a celebrated war hero and a renowned opponent of the war in which he fought.

The Speech Pope Francis Should Have Given Anything Peaceful
The Speech Pope Francis Should Have Given

What would Jesus think of the Vatican's attacks on capitalism? 

Four Justices Who Stood for Justice The Freeman
Four Justices Who Stood for Justice

George Sutherland, Willis Van Devanter, James Clark McReynolds, and Pierce Butler — four justices who endured ridicule from the highest places and from men far less principled — defended the Constitution as their oaths required.

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